Politics gets in the way of Marinduque Airport’s upgrade

By Recto Mercene, Business Mirror Since 2013, the Marinduque Airport has been closed to operations, a victim of the political infighting between an entrenched dynasty and a local contractor, whom the dynasty had been fighting during the past few elections. The rivalry has persisted until today, depriving the 240,000 inhabitants of the island access to air travel. When the sea is rough, or when Signal No. 1 is raised over Marinduqe and nearby islands, the roll-on, roll-off (Roro) services are grounded for several days. Even when the weather is pleasant,…

Making Time to Save Children

With barely enough sleep, Romeo “Myong” Mataac, Jr. hopped on a van going to Cavite, a province south of Manila. He was on a mission to prepare high school students for life after graduation. Upon arriving at the Sisters of Mary School in Silang, Myong set up to work. Before a group of teenage boys, Myong discussed the secrets behind a perfect resumé. He also shared tips on acing internships, job applications and interviews. It was a Saturday and Myong could have stayed at home to rest. Instead, he chose…

Sta. Cruz holds Stakeholders Forum on River Rehabilitation and Environmental Protection

STA. CRUZ, Marinduque – Executive Director Ramil Tan of the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) speaks at the “Stakeholders Forum on River Rehabilitation and Environmental Protection” which was organized by the local government of the Province of Marinduque. Tan is joined by Municipality of Sta. Cruz Councilor Krenessa Constantino and Engr. Reynaldo Reynaldo of EcoGlobal Foundation where together, they discussed about the maintenance and sustainability of environmental projects such as the rehabilitation of the waterways being done by the PRRC in the Pasig River system as well as the possibility of…

DAR, selects Buenavista as pilot community in LinkSFarM project

BUENAVISTA, Marinduque – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), the local government of Marinduque, and the farmer-beneficiaries of Buenavista town demonstrate their strong partnership through the launching of LinkSFarM or “Linking Smallholder Farmers to Markets” project in the said municipality on November 25. The LinkSFarm project, which aims to educate farmers on agro-enterprise, is highlighted by the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MoA) between the DAR, the farmers, and the local government. Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer (PARPO) Isagani Placido said the project is planned to help the farmer-beneficiaries…

House Energy Committee Chair Velasco, pinag-aaralang buwagin na ang ERC

Matapos ang kontro­bersiyal ng pagkamatay ni Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) Director Francisco Jose Villa Jr., ay pinag-aaralan na ng Kamara ang pagbuwag sa ERC. Sinabi ni House Energy Committee Chairman at Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Jay Velasco, na hindi maaaring balewalain ng kanilang lupon ang mga katiwaliang sumingaw sa ERC na umanoy nagtulak kay Villa para magpakamatay. Paliwanag pa ni ­Velas­co, maaaring lusawin ang ERC sa pamamagitan ng pag-amyenda sa Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA). Sa pagbuwag umano sa ERC, maaaring bumuo ang Kongreso ng panibagong tanggapan na sasalo…